Jaroslav Halak G NYI 2 Days

Halak doesn't look like he'll be available for Tuesday's game against the Canadiens due to an unreported injury.

Halak was absent from the Isles' morning skate with what was described as a maintenance day, but the team's recall of Kevin Poulin in the afternoon suggests Halak may be nursing a legitimate injury. The Islanders haven't played since Saturday, so it's possible that Halak may have gotten nicked up in that victory over the Lightning. Further word on his condition should come from coach Jack Capuano before long, but Chad Johnson will get the start Tuesday with Poulin presumably set to serve as his backup.

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Halak made 20 saves in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Lightning.

He was barely tested -- his mates absolutely peppered the Tampa goalie. He now has four straight wins and they've been against very good teams -- Tampa Bay, Detroit and Chicago. He's worth activating.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 5 Days

Halak will be in the crease again Saturday against the Lightning, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

It's the first time Halak will start both ends of a back-to-back on the season, as he'll be granted the nod after facing only 18 shots in Friday's victory over the Red Wings. The Lightning will counter in goal with rookie Andrei Vasilevskiy, who was victorious in his NHL debut Tuesday.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 6 Days

Halak made 17 saves on 18 shots in Friday's win over the Red Wings.

Halak has now won three straight games, allowing only five goals in that span. He is 17-6-0 this season with a .918 save percentage and 2.30 GAA. The 29-year-old is an elite fantasy option on an Islanders team that sits second in the Eastern Conference with 44 points. Keep him rolling.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 7 Days

Halak will be between the pipes Friday against the Red Wings.

While his recent 11-game winning streak is now kaput, Halak has rebounded from back-to-back dreadful outings against the Blues with strong efforts in wins over the Blackhawks and Devils, respectively. His play has the Isles looking like one of the Eastern Conference's better teams this season, as he enters Friday's tilt with an outstanding 16-6-0 record to accompany his 2.35 GAA and .917 save percentage.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 10 Days

Halak stopped 24 of 26 shots en route to a 3-2 shootout victory over the visiting Devils on Monday.

The Isles were able to overcome a 2-0 deficit after the first period, crawling back into the game with goals in the second and third. Halak is a perfect 4-0 in the shootout this season which has ultimately helped him to a shiny 16-6-0 record to go with his 2.36 GAA and .917 save percentage. Most importantly, after two disastrous games against the Blues in which he surrendered 11 goals, the Czech netminder has righted the ship quickly, grabbing wins against the Blackhawks and Devils. Continue to use him with confidence.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 11 Days

Halak will start in net Monday against the Devils.

Halak played well in a win over the Blackhawks on Saturday, and will get the call again Monday. He's been playing much better than backup Chad Johnson this season, and still has a firm grasp on the starting job.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 12 Days

Halak made 23 saves in a 3-2 win over the Blackhawks on Saturday night. The win stopped the Islanders' three-game losing streak.

He'd been in net for two of those three and had allowed 11 goals in those outings. It's nice to see him right the ship. Consider those games a blip on anotherwise solid season (he did win 11 straight starts before that). Put him in the blue paint.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 13 Days

Halak will be the Islanders' starter in goal Saturday versus the Blackhawks, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

Halak has followed up an 11-game winning streak with back-to-back disastrous starts against the Blues, who destroyed their former netminder with 11 goals over the two games. There won't be much of a dropoff in talent against the Blackhawks, making Halak something of a risky play in daily formats, despite the fact that he'll be benefiting from playing on home ice.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 14 Days

Halak was lit up by the Blues for the second consecutive start Thursday, giving up five goals on 32 shots in a 6-3 road loss.

He'd missed Tuesday's game to an upper-body ailment, but got through this one okay except for the whole allowing-five-goals things. Just like Saturday back on Long Island, the two teams entered the second intermission in a close game -- tied this time -- and then Halak was burned for three goals in the final stanza. Fortunately for him, the Isles don't play St. Louis again during the regular season.